Summer is upon us and soon fall will follow. Our summer exhibitions open on July 2 with the work of Jerry Pethick (1935–2003). We are delighted to present a selection of works from the Vancouver Art Gallery's Pethick exhibition hosted there in the fall of 2015. Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie encompasses a range of work spanning nearly five decades that traces Pethick’s experimental approach to form and materials, and innovative investigations into art, science and the nature of visual perception. Pethick’s work is considered ahead of its time and has had a significant influence on artists working today. We look forward to sharing this unique and brilliantly conceived exhibition with Kamloops audiences.
As we move into fall, we open a group exhibition featuring the work of Margaret Dragu, Pascal Grandmaison, Sarah Anne Johnson, Zoe Kreye, Luanne Martineau and Jeremy Shaw. All membranes are porous focuses on all manner of internal and external experiences as they relate to our bodies and the porous nature of ourselves. Representing diverse approaches to this topic by six well-known contemporary Canadian artists, this exhibition encourages an enhanced understanding of the human condition.
In The Cube, this season features the work of Kamloops-based artist Ryland Fortie followed by Monica McGarry. We appreciate the opportunity to present recent work by two emerging artists from our community. I encourage you to visit this admission free exhibition space often to experience what these artists offer.
Returning this fall is our biannual outdoor, after dark, public, new media exhibition Luminocity. The first event in 2014 surprised many in the simple joy of coming across video projection work through the windows of an empty storefront or on the side of a building. Downtown Kamloops’ Riverside Park was also enlivened for eight days with numerous video projections along with weekend performances in the Bandshell. Luminocity this fall builds on the success of 2014. Be sure to wander downtown, after dark, between October 28 and November 5 to take in this unique event.
With all our exhibitions, we have associated programming to further engage you in affirming the value of art. Join us for our new monthly Art History Happy Hour program. For families, we continue with the popular Drink & Draw evenings ongoing at a number of locations downtown. Thank you to our partners in this program, Red Collar Brewing Co., Zack’s Coffee and Denny’s.
A heartfelt thank you to our many donors, sponsors and members who continue to show dedication and commitment to the arts and to supporting the artists in our region, country and beyond. Join us at our opening receptions, fundraising events and at our many diverse, public programs. We look forward to sharing our appreciation for the important role that art and creativity plays in our lives.
Interim Executive Director
Kim Clarke Photography
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